BEIJING, 15 March 2011 - Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ) has announced that it has hired Yan Lan as a Managing Director and Head of Greater China Investment Banking, effective April 2011, as part of the firm’s plans to continue to invest in the region.
Based in Beijing, Ms. Yan joins Lazard from Gide Loyrette Nouel, where she was an advisor on mergers and acquisitions and foreign direct investment projects in China, and was a Partner in charge of the Beijing office for the past twelve years.
'Yan Lan is highly respected within the Chinese business community. Her breadth of experience will help us further serve the growing M&A market in China and underscores our intentions to participate in the economic growth of this important region', said Kenneth M. Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lazard.'There is now an increasing demand for independent financial advice from Chinese companies seeking overseas expansion, as well as from foreign companies looking to invest in China'.
At Gide Loyrette Nouel, Ms. Yan advised clients on mergers and acquisitions in China and foreign direct investment projects into China across a wide range of sectors. She also advised Chinese companies on their investment projects in Africa and in Europe.
Ms. Yan holds a Doctorate in Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva. She also holds an LL.M in International Law from Beijing University, and was a Research Associate at Harvard Law School. Additionally, Ms. Yan is an arbitrator for the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and for the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) China Commission. Ms. Yan is an independent board director of China Merchant Bank.
Lazard entered China in 2001, when it opened its office in Hong Kong and expanded to Beijing in 2006.
Lazard, one of the world’s preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms, operates from 41 cities across 26 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and South America. With origins dating back to 1848, the firm provides advice on mergers and acquisitions, strategic matters, restructuring and capital structure, capital raising and corporate finance, as well as asset management services to corporations, partnerships, institutions, governments and individuals.
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